09.08.2019 Philippians 2 – How to be a Person who Meets Needs

Full message/text/audio at http://gracesummit.org/Messages/20190908 Last week – we finished with “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” – continuing on: Philippians 1:22 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean…

09.08.2019 Philippians 2 - How to be a Person who Meets Needs

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Last week – we finished with “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” – continuing on:
Philippians 1:22
22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
To be with Christ is much better than to live – in theory, we agree with that! We all would say – heaven will be better than this! But we are all concerned about the ‘departing’ part
24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
For Paul – it is more beneficial for others.
To live on – is to live with self-sacrificial love for others. It is living for others’ well-being and benefit – for the here-and-now, but also for their eternal benefit! So often, we can only focus on the physical well-being of others and neglect the eternal benefit – or vice-versa – and either way misses the mark and is wholly inadequate. We need to find a balance – both are critical!
27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents
So about six weeks ago, we focused on this verse – how to be citizens of heaven first and foremost. Our citizenship is primarily in heaven. As citizens of heaven, how do we live in this world, as citizens of this country, in such a way as best represents our primary citizenship (citizens of God’s heavenly kingdom) –being good citizens here as representatives of the heavenly kingdom.
28 in no way alarmed by your opponents –
How to engage in community without having worldly speech that has nothing to do with Christ.
Philippians 2:Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy,
IF is not a question – he is not questioning these things – it is more of a rhetorical thought – of course there is encouragement in Christ, comfort provided by love…
Because we know that in Christ we have all of these benefits – NOW – because of all that – here is how to live together with the foundation and assurance of knowing all we have in Christ: 2 complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.
A quick caution/correction – Be of the same mind – some think that he is talking about a uniformity of opinion, viewpoint, position, or style – and there is this general thinking – if we love Jesus and read the Bible correctly – which always means – read the bible like I read it! Then we will be of the same mind of how to do church and life – but that is not what this passage is talking about – context, context, context.
Same mind – next slide:
Philippians 2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
This next section is one of my favorites – although he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality a thing to be grasped…
The mind Paul is telling them to have – laying aside our privileges and advantages in self-sacrificial love and service to others. This is how to approach church -this is how to approach relationships – to lay aside our privilege, position – and advantage. That is what Jesus did. He had a lot more to lay aside – it is not even comparable, but He was willing to do that.
Koinonia – having the same mind and purpose is to advance the gospel.
We live in self-sacrificial love for others and live for the kingdom of God and the advancement of the gospel. If we do these two things – we will be okay. That is what it means to be a Christian.
Our church has a significant diversity of opinion – on style, etc. but as long as we hold to the basic creeds of the historical faith – those things that believers have held to for 2000 years – and that is not books and books and books – but those things fit on a page – smaller than almost every church’s statement of faith. As long as we hold to those things, some level of diversity is an advantage and strength. Those who strive for uniformity are missing out. I think we see that in the New Testament.
To live in diversity is really hard. We must hold to the historic, orthodox faith. He dealt with it in Romans in 3 chapters, 6 chapters in Ephesians (all the chapters)
James/Peter both dealt with it. There is only one way to live in diversity well – by laying aside our privileges, positions, etc. in order to serve others in self-sacrificial love.
It is hard, but it is what God calls us to do. We know that there is encouragement in Christ, comfort in the Spirit… Continued on worship video

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